I can recall reading about a soon-to-open golf course in Floresville, southeast of San Antonio, as far back as 2003. The course was part of a neighborhood development by the same developer who was behind the popular River Crossing Golf Club in Spring Branch, north of San Antonio.
But the course never seemed to get finished. That's changed, however. Finally, three years after reading in the local paper that the course would be open "in about six months," the new track is ready.
Maverick Golf Club opened in December 2006 in the Avalon subdivision off Highway 181 Business in Floresville, about 30 minutes southeast of Downtown San Antonio.
"Golf - Texas Style" is the club's marketing slogan.
In the heart of Avalon is the 18-hole Maverick Golf Club, a public facility with the soul of a lush private course.
Maverick Golf Club is not only the golf center of Avalon, it is a social center as well, providing both a wonderful dining experience at the Green Pepper Restaurant, and an event area at the Pavilion.
The course is 7,030 yards from the tips and a par 72. Other tees play to 6,583 yards, 6,264, 5,868 and 5,247. The club's Web site description of the course states:
The beautiful oak trees and meandering streams that give the golf course its character are joined with elevation changes, multi-tiered greens and challenging areas of forced carry—including water features—and areas of forced lay-up in a links-style course.
Added to the magnificent topography and course design is the blowing wind (and in Texas, the wind really blows) and The Maverick Golf Club can be a formidable challenge for even scratch golfers.
The description goes on to call Maverick "one of the only true links courses in South Texas." Now, if you're like me, you read the description above and you look at the top photo and you think to yourself, "These people don't know what a links course is. Because based on this evidence, Maverick ain't no links course."
But whether they know how to accurately describe their own course or not, it does look and sound like a promising place to play. I hope to get over there soon.
See more at the Maverick Golf Club Web site.